Perioral Dermatitis is a skin rash that can be red, itchy, flaky on your chin, cheeks, or eyes. It typically effects young, white women and can be hard to clear up. If you would like to see pictures of the rash, click here.
My perioral dermatitis started at 21 years old during my senior year of college when I was really stressed out.
Since the rash popped up over night (literally) at 21, I have managed to get rid of it, have a full attack of it 3 months after it cleared, and then a few flare-ups in the past year and a half. The flares have been very small and definitely relate to stress. The products below have REALLY helped clear up my perioral dermatitis and prevent breakouts.
From reader emails and personal research, people with perioral dermatitis should avoid products with:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)- This chemical is heavily restricted in Canada and Europe; however, it is even on baby products in the U.S.
- Parabens – Parabens are known to disrupt the body’s hormones and endocrine system. They are also very harsh irritants when applied to the skin. These chemicals are found in most cosmetics and cleansers.
- Whiteners and Bleaches – Skip these all together! If it bleaches, it has to be harsh.
- Flouride – Jason’s toothpaste are a great alternative
- Cinnamon and Spicy Foods
Not every trigger will be a trigger for everyone, but those are five common triggers for people.
Below you will find my favorite products that are also Perioral Dermatitis safe products.
You can apply 1 part ACV with 1 part water to the affected area. Wash after 10 minutes.
You can also drink the ACV. I do 2 tablespoons straight and then have a little honey and drink approximately 8 ounces of water to wash it down.
I also will wash my face with Coconut Oil. It will be creamy to start, but if you rub it with your fingers it will turn to liquid. I apply all over and then wash off with a wash washcloth.
I am not a doctor and do not have a medical certification. I am only sharing my story.
Other Recommendations for Perioral Dermatitis
If you have oily skin, you may like the daily moisturizer instead. It also is very soft, nongreasy, and helps sooth irritated skin.
Coconut oil is my favorite, but this cleanser is awesome. You can feel how gentle and creamy it is before you even apply it to your face. It is very gentle, and I even put it on my chin. It’s also under $10 and lasts forever!! Love this stuff.
My perioral dermatitis is around my chin and lips when it flares so a safe chapstick is a must. Kiss My Face’s goes on well, is not too greasy or too hard, and it tastes good.
I love, love, love this stuff. My mom, 42 years old, ordered it for her. She really liked it, and I had stopped using anything anti-wrinkle because of the irritating ingredients. I was looking over her bottles, and it has only safe ingredients (from my research).
I love the collagen in this pack.
Please note brands like Simple or Cetaphil are NOT completely safe or free of harsh ingredients. They brand themselves as products for sensitive skin, but they contain sulfates and/or parabens.
I do wear makeup 3-5 times a week. I have not found specific things work best for all people. I would just recommend choosing the non-SLS and paraben products.
The only thing I will recommend is a concealer. It’s awesome when you have a breakout. I love Tarte makeup as rule, and it’s available at Sephora.
I LOVE this stuff. If nothing else, this is a must-have. It builds easily, and it even lasts pretty well on the bridge of my nose which gets very red. I put it on before my foundation on the red spots, let it dry, apply foundation, and pat with powder after the foundation is dry. (If you do it before it is dry, it will look cakey).
Just a note about Rose Water products:
To freshen makeup put distilled water in a spray bottle–resist the urge to try a rose water but if you do check the ingredients so many have parabens and sulfates and are over $30
Best Hair Products for Perioral Dermatitis
You may think hair products that are safe for perioral dermatitis is overboard, but these products come in close contact with our face multiple times each week. With how easy a flare up can happen, I try not to risk anything.
This stuff makes my hair so soft and healthy. I have been growing it out for 2 years, and I put this in it every time I wash my hair.
Other Items for Perioral Dermatitis
Runner Up: Jason’s Spearmint Toothpaste
Finding a toothpaste that met the requirements was so hard. Even Colgate’s Cavity Protection that seems so bare-minimum had Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it! “Organic” brands also had whiteners or sodium lauryl sulfate too! Crazy! Kiss My Face and Jason’s have no additives, fluoride or whiteners. The Spearmint and cool mint are easier on the skin than peppermint as well.
Again, the more moisturized by natural products I am, the better I feel. This lotion lasts a long time, keeps me moisturized, has a very light smell, and is not greasy. It is also cheap!
Remember even the “organic” or “sensitive” products can contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens. The price, marketing, and the brand do not matter. Always read the labels especially if you have perioral dermatitis.
I hope this extensive product guide will help anyone with Perioral Dermatitis or even just sensitive skin. These products are the most natural, safe products I have found in the past 3 years. A lot of them are also relatively inexpensive (thank goodness!) If you have any more you’d like to add, please email me.